surround

verb
sur·round | \sə-ˈrau̇nd \
surrounded; surrounding; surrounds

Definition of surround 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to enclose on all sides : envelop the crowd surrounded her

(2) : to enclose so as to cut off communication or retreat : invest entry 2

b : to form or be a member of the entourage of flatterers who surround the king

c : to constitute part of the environment of surrounded by poverty

d : to extend around the margin or edge of : encircle a wall surrounds the old city

2 : to cause to be surrounded by something surrounded himself with friends

surround

noun

Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a border or ambient environment) that surrounds from urban centre to rural surround— Emrys Jones

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Examples of surround in a Sentence

Verb

A wall surrounds the old city. They had the suspect surrounded. She was suddenly surrounded by a crowd of excited fans. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the decision. His departure was surrounded by secrecy.

Noun

the vast, featureless surround of the desert was strangely appealing to him
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The power plant's low stack (150-feet), the temperature at the top of the stack where emissions exit, and the elevation relative to the surrounding area concerned McWilliams. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Not All Questions, Concerns Addressed At NTE Project Meeting," 2 July 2018 The stadium, which locals joke resembles an air filter from an old Lada car, is surrounded by water from two sides. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 When a group of pro-Trump protesters staged a show of support outside a pub, they were soon surrounded by police and hundreds of anti-Trumpers, some throwing bottles. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Thousands march against Trump in rowdy London protests," 13 July 2018 Tonight: Enjoy every moment, especially as you are surrounded by friends. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 13 July 2018 The restaurant is surrounded by the construction of new buildings going up across the street and the massive Warriors stadium just to the north. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 One of the big questions surrounding AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner has been about how the telecom giant will handle its new flagship entertainment brands. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 With questions surrounding his suitability for a gigantic club like the Reds, Van Dijk has shown the Anfield faithful his heart and desire. SI.com, "New Liverpool Favourite Virgil Van Dijk Focused on Personal Quest of Footballing Self-Improvement," 8 July 2018 That was certainly the question surrounding a single 750,000-year-old molar discovered in 2015. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Ancient Teeth Reveal The Roots of Humankind," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Farther down, on blocks that were once burned out, iron fences painted a shiny black surround brick and vinyl-sided townhouses built with the help of federal funds. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "In a Changing South Bronx, Residents See New Jail as Step Backward," 2 Apr. 2018 Its sparkling light prettily speckles the surround as if brought about by its tinkling accompaniment. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018 The wood surround was copied from a mantel in Wynkoop House, an 18th-century stone dwelling in upstate New York that inspired some of Whitson's architectural details. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Classic and Comfortable Living Room," 24 Feb. 2014 Narvik Black trimmed the silver two-bar grille, front vents, headlight housing, fender badging, mirror caps, window surround, pillars, rear spoiler, liftgate, and liftgate badging. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 For their installation, SCAPE filled the elegant surrounds of the pavilion with low-tech materials used to combat erosion, like bundles of willow branches (collected and used by local fishermen), coir logs, and concrete blocks. Giovanna Dunmall, Curbed, "At Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. pavilion tackles borders and citizenship," 31 May 2018 Changes include body-color grille surround and door handles; gloss-black grille and mirror caps; black roof rails, window trim, badging and Chevy bowties. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 As a result, the original fireplaces (there are a total of nine) had no marble surrounds, and crown molding and trim did not extend to the second floor. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 1093 Prospect Avenue, West Hartford," 5 Jan. 2018 Outlets at Anthem Seating, restrooms, a food court and lots of shopping surround this splash-play area, most suitable for younger children. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of surround

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surround

Verb

Middle English, to flood, inundate, from Anglo-French surunder, from Late Latin superundare, to overflow, from Latin super- + unda wave; influenced in meaning by round entry 5 — more at water

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Phrases Related to surround

surround oneself with (someone or something)

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surround

verb

English Language Learners Definition of surround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be on every side of (someone or something)

: to move close to (someone or something) on all sides often in order to stop a person from escaping

: to be closely related or connected to (something)

surround

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

: a border or an area that is around the outside edge of something

surround

verb
sur·round | \sə-ˈrau̇nd \
surrounded; surrounding

Kids Definition of surround

1 : to enclose on all sides : encircle A fence surrounds the property.

2 : to be closely related or connected to … my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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